David Shepardson | Reuters
Boeing Co said Tuesday it will require 125,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated by December 8, in line with President Joe Biden’s executive order for federal contractors.
“Boeing requires its employees in the US to either show proof of vaccination or have an approved reasonable accommodation (based on disability or sincere religious beliefs) by December 8,” said the largest aircraft manufacturer in the US.
The Society of Professional Aerospace Engineers (SPEEA) said it “negotiates with employers to ensure that implementation properly addresses member concerns, health concerns and respects our agreed contracts.”
Just over 5,000 Boeing employees work in Texas, where Republican Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order Monday banning COVID-19 vaccinations for any organization, including private employers.
“Because of the Texas organization, Boeing’s announced vaccination requirements today are not immediately applicable to local businesses. However, once these sites fall under Biden’s OR, we expect them to be subject to vaccination requirements, ”a Boeing spokeswoman said.
Major US airlines said they would also meet deadlines for federal contractors including American Airlines, Southwest Airlines Co, JetBlue Airways Corp and Alaska Airlines, and aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems.
The White House announced the December 8 deadline for federal contractors’ employees last month, and the requirements are expected to reach millions of employees.
Government contractors International Business Machines Corp and Raytheon Technologies Corp have also said they will require vaccinations for all U.S. employees. The White House is adding clauses to future government contracts requiring vaccinations.
Steve Cave, a government contract attorney for King & Spalding, told Reuters last month that he expects the order to affect tens of millions of U.S. workers or more.
The Department of Labor is separately planning to issue an interim emergency standard (ETS) requiring employers of more than 100 workers to vaccinate or test them weekly – a policy expected to reach more than 80 million workers.
But it still hasn’t been submitted to the White House regulator, suggesting that ETS is still at least a few weeks away.